McGee Opts For Big Ten Power

Brandon McGee, one of the spring standouts for the Illinois Warriors, is headed to the Big Ten. The Chicago native took a look around and found a home at one of the league's perennial powers.

Chicago Crane Tech has been cranking out prospects at a pretty good rate the past few seasons. Next up is Brandon McGee, a 6-foot-7 combo forward who made his commitment Tuesday night. He'll play for the Indiana Hoosiers.

"Brandon committed to IU," Illinois Warriors head coach Larry Butler told McGee presently checks in at No. 95 on pre-summer Top 100.

McGee is one of those guys who hasn't hit his stride but has shown to be a good player through the end of his high school year and on into the AAU circuit. "Brandon had a very good spring," Butler said. "He was under the radar when we first hit the circuit but he started emerging as a guy with some serious tools by the time July hit. He was rapidly gaining his confidence.

And Indiana moved swiftly this summer to press him for a pledge. Butler feels like it's a good spot for him because of who he can be and the help he'll have in reaching his potential. "Kelvin Sampson will get the maximum out of him.

"He's a long armed guy that can make some perimeter shots and shoot the 3. His best basketball is ahead of him. He can be a very versatile player and he's a perfect fit for the Big Ten in that league. Right now he doesn't really have a set position, he's just a combo forward."

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